Top 5 Traditional English Dishes
If you want to try some traditional English dishes you may have a job to find them. Many restaurants these days will serve food from all over the world including lasagne and curry. However, below are some dishes that you can pick if you want to make sure that you eating traditionally English foods.
Fish and Chips
This dish consists of a battered piece of fish which has been deep fried served with potato chips also deep fried. It is often served with mushy peas and seasoned with salt and vinegar. Many people enjoy it with tomato ketchup but also curry sauce or gravy can be used. Traditionally it is bought from a take away and eaten out of the paper. This dish is particularly enjoyed at the seaside, even in places where no fresh fish is caught.
A roast dinner can have any roasted meat such as beef, lamb or chicken. It usually comes with roasted potatoes which in the past were cooked in lard. There may also be other roasted vegetables such as marrow or parsnip. Usually there would be boiled vegetables as well, sometimes potatoes and often peas and carrots and cabbage. There is often stuffing served with the dish, even if it is not used to stuff the meat and it is usually smothered with gravy made from the meat juices.
Steak and Ale Pie
This is made with a water pastry and inside there are chinks of steak in a rich gravy. It would often be served with mashed potatoes and peas with more gravy poured over the top. It is not often cooked in English homes these days but can be found on many pub menus and to buy in supermarkets.
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
This is a traditional desert made in September when the apples and blackberries are ripe. Often the blackberries are picked in the fields by hand and then washed and cooked together with apples. The crumble topping tends to be a mix of flour, sugar, oats and cinnamon, The crumble is baked in the oven until the topping is golden brown and served with custard or cream.
Cream teas originated on the south coast but are now enjoyed all over the country. They consist of a scone, which served with jam thick cream. The cream is often Cornish clotted cream and the jam is usually strawberry or raspberry. There is some disagreement as to the best way to eat it. Some people spread the cream on the scone and then top with jam, others put the jam then the cream and some even put butter on the scone first. This is served for afternoon tea with a pot of tea.